If you have an iPhone 3G running iOS 4, you know how painfully slow your device can be. This is due to the fact that iOS 4 was designed for more powerful devices like the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4.

iPhone hacker Comex tweeted a link to a MMI article showing how you can easily make your iPhone 3G on iOS 4 faster. Apparently, turning off Spotlight Search does the trick.

To do so, go to Settings > General >Home Button > Spotlight Search, then turn off everything and reboot your iPhone.

I don’t have an iPhone 3G so I wasn’t able to verify this but looking at all the positive comments over at MMI, I assume this is working like a charm.

Please try it and let us know how it goes for you.


  • rush2252

    Okay Im having isues with Cydia, it keeps telling me the package for zToggle cannot be found. Someone throw me a bone Ive been on the 4 too long its been months since Ive messed with Cydia or the headache of a 3g, but im selling my old one and nobody is going to want this thing its slow as molasses

    • Luvee

      There us an app call cyfix in cydia..in xsellize repo. X modz

  • Mac regular guy

    That was a huge help. My wife told me I was imagining the slowdown, but after reading, I had her play with the phone w/ and without spotlight. She apologized.
    Thanks again.
    *****Now just help me get my keyboard to autofix\ change the mistyped word “tge” to my intended word “the”. I think it is only a problem left handed people, but holly cow it sucks.

  • Hassan

    I try to disable the spotlight search
    But no change on speed
    Too slow

    • riz


      • mohit

        same here

    • LP22

      Same here. It helped a little, but nothing to write home about.

  • kcyber

    i got an iphone 3g and its very slow on IOS 4 . If i downgrade back to 3.1.3 will it goes back to the normal speed???

  • Erica

    Just wanted to leave a note to those of you who say you wish you hadn’t upgrade the software. I just bought a iPhone 3g (most reasonable price for now) and it had 4.2.1 on there, and I learned that you can downgrade, just buy looking up the software, ie. 3.1.3 that you had on your phone last when it was running fast, and just download it, and you can downgrade your iphone through itunes. Just a thought. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Alexander

    It does help a bit

    Running iOS 4.1

  • Pierce

    Great tip, but the iPhone will never be as good as 3.1.3 .

  • Arsii

    Hey guys, I jailbroke on 4.0 and it was pretty bad, couldn’t even get ma iPhone to pick up calls r open safari smoothly, now am on 4.2 with wallpapers disabled. It has helped alot for speed..

  • George

    OMG thank you so much. This has made a massive difference in speed. Was going to sell my iPhone 3G but Iv fell back in live with it ! Thanks

  • worked miracles. phone is much faster now. still could use a little more speed since my over clocked palm pre is so much faster and that’s just not right

  • Dudes. DELETE WINTERBOARD it makes the iphone fly trust me im running 4.O wthout it and im just as fast as a iphone 3g un broken. trust me.

    • Liz

      How do you delete winterbored

      • bram

        you go two cydia>>changes>> end then find winterbord you can delete it over there !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ash

    It worked

  • Pr0

    @Slim Dude then that takes the whole purpose of jailbreaking away

  • Lucy Keefe

    Works a charm. Thanks.

  • Ed

    Narrowed down my spotlight search and it made a HUGE difference! Thank you

  • Philip

    Thanks for the help man!
    I even have a 3Gs and it is huge difference, wounder if it works on my imac at home also ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Music Guy123

    My iPhone 3G is running on iOS4, It runs like a snail, spotlight search is of, it is jailbroken, what can I do??? Any help appreciated.

    • Music Guy123

      would Whited00r be a sensible option???


    does it save all you pictures still?

  • Music Guy123


  • Nbrugg

    Thank you, turning off spotlight search helps a lot ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kyle

    Has kinda worked.. Thanx ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Yaz

    Yer it’s ok. Nothing has really changed. Any other ideas to speed it up? Or even make it louder?
    Thx ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Music Guy123

    I suggest whited00r, has made no end of difference to my 3G, search it on google, find out about it. For loudness, poke out the mesh on the bottom left of the iPhone.

  • Even better solution !
    Use Fake clock up, a jailbroken app and just see the magic ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Blue

    THANKS! my frustration got away!